(Download a video) So, you want to watch a video, but you don’t have a way to do so. Well, fear no more, the internet is full of video download services where you can get files in a few different formats, some of which work better than others.
The benefit is that you can watch your favorite videos wherever you want without needing internet access.
Why Would You Want to Download a Video?
A few short years ago, this question would have sounded crazy because downloading was the standard method of watching movies and TV shows.
Steaming wasn’t as popular or as reliable as it is today. However, even with the advent of high-speed internet, cloud services, and 4/ 5G mobile networks almost everywhere, there are still valid reasons why you might want to download:
- You have control: The fact is that even with the internet almost everywhere, there are times when you will be unable to access the internet and thus, cannot watch your videos. Some examples include train travel through the countryside and air travel where the onboard WIFI is either non-existent or as good as non-existent.
- Power Cuts: As great as it can be to stream anything you want, whenever you want to, as soon as there is a power cut, all of that internet goodness disappears. With nothing else to do when the power is out, you can still rely on laptop or phone power to watch a movie while you wait.
- Data is expensive: Streaming high-definition video destroys your data allowance, and the cost of data isn’t exactly going down. Therefore, the most cost-efficient option is to download the video you want using your home internet, save it to your device and have it available at any time.
Different Methods to Download Online Videos
Knowing the reasons why you might consider downloading instead of streaming is all good and well, but you are probably wondering how exactly you go about it!
YouTube is arguably the most prominent video streaming service worldwide. With up to 720,000 hours of content uploaded each day, it is no wonder that so many people enjoy using it.
Choose A Downloading Tool
There are different methods to download video content from YouTube, but the most popular is using a unique tool.
You can either do it via your web browser by entering a YouTube URL or downloading a tool that helps with converting Youtube files into MP4 videos. Additionally, you can use these tools to download the file as an MP3.
You might consider this option when you want to download music to listen to rather than a video.
The main benefit of a downloadable tool over doing via your web browser is that you don’t have to worry about connection loss or browser slow down (vital if you are doing other things online).
Another option to download YouTube videos is by using their paid-for, premium version. While this does have some benefits, including the ability to watch your favorite videos ad-free, but for the most part, it is an inferior option for downloading. This for two primary reasons:
If you’re like most people, you will want to retain as much control over your videos as possible which is not possible using YouTube premium.
Download With Your Browser
While this is not the optimal method of downloading YouTube videos, it is still a valid one. There are various extensions you can plug into either Chrome or Firefox (whichever your preference is, but Chrome tends to have more choice).
You merely choose one of the options and install it. Once completed, you should find an option near the video offering the ability to download it. The main issue is that many browser-based methods don’t work as well as a dedicated tool.
This is because they are severely handicapped by Google’s own rules concerning YouTube and downloading.
There is also the option of mobile apps (everything is an app these days), but the reality isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
Firstly, they often don’t work or only allow you to download at a drastically reduced quality. Secondly, they are usually free, and as a result, you have no idea if they are stealing your data.
Movies and TV Shows
Downloading YouTube videos is one thing, but if you are after a more extensive selection of videos, you will need to look elsewhere.
Netflix was founded in 1997, and its first service was a mail-order DVD rental company. Over the years, the Netflix business model has changed.
Still, the business has remained the same: it offers unlimited movies and TV shows to its subscribers, who rent or purchase individual films or entire series for a monthly or yearly fee.
Many shows in its catalog can be downloaded, which is an excellent advantage for people with limited access to the internet.
To do this, you can open the app and search for the content you want, then tap it for information. You should also find the episodes you would like to download when you download a TV show. Tap the downward-pointing arrow-shaped download button to proceed.
When it is done downloading, the button will change to indicate completion. The major downside is that, like YouTube premium, you can only access it via the app, and it isn’t downloaded to your computer.
There is also the fact that not all shows are available to download due to certain licensing restrictions.
Torrents are traditionally used for downloading large media files such as movies and games. Still, they are also used for downloading and distributing programs and other files such as Linux distributions and even source code from sites such as SourceForge.
The downloading method is not illegal in itself, but if you decide to download a copyrighted video, that is classed as unlawful downloading. Nevertheless, it is still a valid method for downloading video content.
Downloading content has many advantages over steaming. It allows you to watch your content anywhere you may be without relying on a network. This is great for people who travel a lot or those that live in areas with poor reception.